Below are the latest fortnightly newsletters which are issued on a Thursday. The link will be shared via Facebook and Seesaw before end of the school day.
2023 Term 2
Week 6, Term 2 Newsletter Thursday 1st June 2023
This week is Samoa language week and the tamariki have been incorporating this in their learning. We are past the halfway mark of Term 2 and time has gone so quickly. It was great to have a clear day for Cross Country last week and all of the students worked so hard on their running. Great to see so many parents & whānau supporting Limehills and Dipton. Thank you to the Home & School Association for the BBQ and additional parents who supported the Home & School so they could see their children run. Thank you to Claire Burgess from ‘Ginger Crunch’ and keeping everyone warm with the tasty hot drinks. Congratulations to everyone who participated and well done to those of you who will represent Limehills at Central next week!
This week the year 8 students have gone to the Young Leaders conference in Dunedin, a huge thank you to Mr Murray for the time it takes in organising this for your students. Thank you to all of the parents who have accompanied the children, without your help opportunities like these would not be possible. We really appreciate your support!
I am attending the Rural Principals conference this week with a focus on Refresh, Rethink & Reconnect. Gathering information for our rural school and having the opportunity to listen to different speakers with a focus of improving outcomes in rural schools. In my absence Mr Murray will be Acting Principal and supported by Miss Anderson.
Next week students who are interested in Jump Jam will be auditioning in the Junior and Senior groups. Last year I really enjoyed watching the students on stage showcase their talents. This year we have access to our hall space again which should make it easier to practise.
We are in the final finishing touches of the huge 5YA building project that started during Term 2 holidays last year. Hopefully by the end of next week all of these areas will be completed. I look forward to seeing the library restored and making best use of this space for the tamariki, being at the heart of our school. Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on the hall and organising this area so we can make best use of this space.
I hope you all enjoy the long weekend ahead of us and have time to relax with family and friends.
Fa’afetai Whaea Kat Tumuaki / Principal Limehills School
Junior School News
Tālofa lava! (hello) Ruapeh, Room 2 have created amazing Siapo artwork to commence Samoa language week 2023! This can be easily achieved at home, all you need is:
Paint (we used black, brown and white)
Fine paintbrush or earbuds
Our tamariki (children) in Ruapehu painted directly onto the tinfoil (sized A4), once they had completed their masterpiece they placed a piece of paper on top of the tinfoil to transfer the paint. Next up… Ruapehu will learn to count to sefulu! (10).
It was so good for the Room 3 kids to get back to Forest School last Thursday. The sun was shining and everyone was happy. There were biscuits and water on the way there and then everyone's favourite of cheerios on a toothpick to end the day. Room 3 kids weren’t there just for fun though, they were also on a mission to check out what had happened at Forest School since they were away. Their mahi now is to write a report about what they discovered and start an Action Plan so they can fix any problems they found and make Forest School a happy and safe place to enjoy.
We are proud to be a MITEY school. Room 4 has been learning to identify their own strengths and others strengths by giving compliments. Mitey is all about looking after ourselves and others mental health and having a strong sense of identity. We aim to have happy, confident students filled with pride.
Room 4 has been doing a research project based around an animal. We have then created an information report and are now putting this information report into a fun, engaging poster to share with our school and community. We have had students learning about koalas, giraffes, squirrels and so much more.
Ronald McDonald Family Room Update It has been exciting to begin cooking again for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital. Our first week of cooking involved Abby’s Mum, Renata Gill, coming in to supervise us in the kitchen. We made chicken and vegetable soup, and a gluten free vegetable soup. Mr Murray delivered the food for us. He said he felt humbled making the delivery because Helen, who is in charge of the Family Room, was so excited to see our weekend catering starting up again. On our second Friday Olivia’s Mum, Claire Burgess, came into The Pavilion and helped us make lasagne and a Weet-bix slice. We would just like to say a big thank you to Ari and Ida’s Mum for sending along the ingredients for the lasagne, and to Ritchie and Ashton’s Grandmother, Mrs Caldwell, who made a batch of biscuits and a dozen chocolate muffins that we sent in. Then Zara surprised us with a container of baking and some yummy rice bubble slices that she had made with her Mum, Amber Mitchell, on Thursday night. The families are very grateful when they see all this delicious food arriving on a Friday afternoon. Last Friday we were busy in The Pavilion cooking curried sausages, mashed potatoes, naan bread and apple and berry crumble for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald Family Room. We would like to thank Olivia’s Mum again, for helping us in the kitchen and for donating the ingredients for us to use in the meal we made. Also a big thanks to Mr Murray for donating mince. This week we will be cooking spaghetti bolognaise and doughnuts. Just a reminder we are still asking for baking and ingredient donations. If you are baking at home then maybe you please make an extra batch so we can send it into the Ronald McDonald Family Room on Friday along with our cooking, or you can donate some ingredients for us to use when we cook. Thank you. Thank you so muchStevie and Abby
Thank you to Margie and Adrienne for helping us boys draw out our patterns onto boards and begin our mosaic making. We had loads of fun (and ate loads of lollies), and are really looking forward to going back up to the Otapiri Gorge soon, so that we can finish our mosaic tiles. We know they will look amazing when they are all finished and put up at school.From Blayne and Kyan
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Cross Country last Monday and thanks to everyone who came along to support all the students. What a fantastic display of RIPPERS throughout the day.
Congratulations to Limehills Lakes! They came out victorious over Winton last Friday - a team they lost to two weeks ago! Awesome teamwork where everyone did their job on both defence and attack which led us to our first win!
Also a big congratulation to these year 5 students participating in Southland Orienteering! Well done girls it looks like you had lots of fun!
Technology Shed Action
Thank you very much to Stevie’s Grandad Mr Neylon for coming in to supervise our builders in the Tech Shed today. We really appreciate this support, and the students love learning from experts. For our Mitey learning we are all making a model of something that we treasure. We are calling our item, Our Taonga. We look forward to sharing our models with the rest of the school at the end of this term, and also with our whanau when they come in for Learning Conferences at the beginning of Term 3. Stevie has chosen to build a bookshelf, Kees is building a stand for his dog whistle, Maddox is cutting dowel because he has decided to make a replica of a McCormick-Deering Farmall F12 tractor, and Lochlain is cutting out a 40x40cm chessboard to put the chess pieces he is making onto.
Home & School AGM Meeting 14th June at School Staff Room, at 7pm
Any member of our school community is welcome to attend and we would love to see some new faces. The more people that volunteer their time and energy on these committees, the more we can achieve!
Lucky Book Club
From now on the school is not accepting cash orders from the Lucky Book Club, if you are making purchases for your children you will need to order directly with Lucky Book Club - Visit scholastic.co.nz/LOOP or download the LOOP app. Thank you for your support.
2023 term Dates Term 2 - 26th April to 30th Jun Term 3 - 17th July to 22 Sept Term 4 - 9th Oct to 20th Dec School closed for the following dates : 5th June - King's birthday 23rd October - Labour Day 20th Nov - Teacher Only Day
Upcoming Events June 9th Central Cross Country 13th BOT Meeting, 7pm 14th Home & School AGM - 7pm, School Staff Room 16th Southland Cross Country 22nd Central Cup 30th End of Term2
July 17th Start of Term 3
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